Trying to document my tattooing process was a little difficult and I was especially nervous for this session considering it was moving up to my ribs. To my surprise, the more tender areas were towards my stomach and not my ribs.
Initially I wanted a 1950s style TV and a 1957 Dodge Coronet. This entire tattoo idea came to me sitting in a TV Production class. I realized how important the 1950s were and are to my family and my life. I wanted the tattoo to make sense though.
My dad has branded to Dodge logo into my brain ever since I was a kid – Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, Ram… nothing else. We sat in his garage for months building my first car… from the ground up. My 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been my pride and joy for the last five years, and I’ll never forget all those hours we spent in the garage, listening to Frank Sinatra. So to stick with my theme, I looked up some cars from the 1950s and chose the Coronet to represent that bond we share.
As for the TV, it just didn’t seem to fit. Everything else went perfectly together both sessions before. Then, it came to me while driving down Delsea Drive in Vineland, NJ – the Drive-In. All those stories about my grandmother working in Vineland as a seamstress, driving back and forth an hour to the factory and then home. All the stories about my parents and their parents going to the drive-in made the sentimental connection I was looking for and added a visual component that made this piece significant. The Delsea Drive-In, built in 1949, was my perfect way to tie this piece together.